Timing Belts in Chartham

Jobs that Chartham mechanics do on timing belts

For any sort of work regarding timing belts you will have to source a Chartham mechanic.

RepairACar can be used to find a registered mechanic in Chartham to undertake work on your vehicle's cam belt.

Mechanics in Chartham are able to perform a wide range of timing belt tasks.

When you think that your timing belt may be damaged they can be used to carry out a timing belt inspection.

When they have worked out what is wrong with your vehicle's timing belt our Chartham timing belt specialists are able to repair it, or if this is not possible undertake a timing belt replacement.

It might be that you need to have your timing belt tightened, or the timing belt on your car might even be too tight.

It could be that you need to have a realigning of your cam belt.

You may need to have them synchronise your cam belt and crankshaft, or you might have to have both your timing belt and water pump replaced at the same time, no matter what you requirements RepairACar can be called upon to find Chartham timing belt specialists.

The consequences of failing to act on timing belt issues

Failure to recognise the signs of a damaged timing belt, or even worse; a failure to do anything when it is can have disastrous consequences for your car engine. Should you have an interference engine on your vehicle failure to act upon a cam belt that is damaged will spell disaster.

If the cam belt snaps then your car will simply stop, but if the belt continues to work whilst it is damaged your engine could be damaged beyond repair without your knowledge. Should your cam belt become damaged the pistons and valves in your engine will knock together which can result in cracks forming in your valve guides.

The valve guides in the engine of your vehicle may also bend which can result in considerable expense to fix. In extreme circumstances your cam shaft may even break.

Should your timing belt be damaged you can call upon RepairACar to locate Chartham cam belt mechanics.

Definition of a cam belt

A timing belt connects the crank and camshaft of a vehicle's engine. It is covered with teeth that vary in shape depending on the sort of belt that is in your vehicle. Modern timing belts have rounded or circular teeth, whereas older timing belts will be covered with sharp or triangular teeth.

Typically, timing belts are made out of rubber and are then strengthened with materials like kevlar to ensure that they are able to last longer. Cam belts made recently tend to be made from resistant materials like HSN to prevent damage as a result of exposure to high temperatures. Modern cam belts are not as wide as there predecessors in order to reduce their weight and friction, to boost efficiency.

Types of timing belt

There are a number of different sorts of cam belt and the type that you will need will be dependant on the sort of car that you have.

There are two sorts of car engines that require a cam belt.

Cam belts for interference engines need to be rigorously maintained due to the closeness between the engine's valves and pistons.

Cam belts for non-interference engines do not call for such a lot of maintenance as the pistons and valves are spaced further apart.

There are also timing belts with varying shaped teeth.

Cam belts that are less modern will usually have trapezoid shaped teeth, whereas timing belts with rounded teeth are found in more modern vehicle.

Timing belts tend to be made from rubber which has been treated with materials like fibreglass to ensure that it is stronger, although materials such as HSN are now frequently used.

Potential problems with timing belts

Problems with a car's timing belt are one of the main reasons for a vehicle suffering a breakdown. There can be a number of different problems with timing belts and you can avoid breaking down if you know how to spot them.

Having your cam belt snap is the worst possible problem, and this can happen for a number of reasons. Timing belts can become tight resulting in them becoming noisy, and making creaking sounds.

Should the teeth fall out of your timing belt the cam shaft cannot be turned. Should the cam belt be misaligned the cam shaft will not be able to turn.

Cam belts can be damaged as a result of oil exposure changing the size of the belt, stopping it from properly functioning. A vehicles timing belt will sometimes get loose meaning that they can slide out of position.

Timing belts can also snap as a result of corrosion.